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    • Saturday, February 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    How to Analyze Your DNA Matches

    Join us as we present Deborah Thurman Parks and she instructs us on How to Analyze Your DNA Matches.  Deborah has over nine years of administering group projects at Family Tree DNA.  She has administered two surname projects; the Thurman et al Surname DNA Project and the Park(s) Surname DNA Project.  Currently, she is focused on a geographical study, the Hanover County, Virginia DNA Project.  As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she serves as Chair for the Tennessee DAR DNA Committee.

    Join us as we present Deborah Thurman Parks and she instructs us on How to Analyze Your DNA Matches.  Deborah has over nine years of administering group projects at Family Tree DNA.  She has administered two surname projects; the Thurman et al Surname DNA Project and the Park(s) Surname DNA Project.  Currently, she is focused on a geographical study, the Hanover County, Virginia DNA Project.  As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she serves as Chair for the Tennessee DAR DNA Committee.

    • Saturday, March 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown TN
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    Using Newspapers in Family Research - A Journalist's Perspective

    Many veteran genealogists understand the importance of newspapers in family research. Journalist and family historian Jason Terrell will take you behind the scenes to talk about how the source many depend on is created and what’s most important to remember when it comes to diving into those pages in order to find your family’s past. You’ll not only learn about what great information can be gleaned from newspapers, but how to find these sources and what information you should trust and what might require a closer look.

    Jason R. Terrell has been doing family research for 40+ years with a special focus on Native American Family research. A journalist with over 30 years experience at publications such as The Commercial Appeal and now The Daily Memphian, you might say that newspapers are in his blood as both his parents worked in the newsroom. He served for five years as Vice Chairman of the Editorial Board for the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal newspaper of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, where he is an enrolled member. He taught visual journalism at his alma mater, the University of Memphis, for 15 years as an adjunct instructor. A member of the Tennessee Genealogical Society, Jason is also a former editor of it’s quarterly magazine, Ansearchin’ News, and is a member of the Trail of Tears Association - Tennessee and Alabama chapters. He publishes a blog at nativefamilyresearch.com where he writes about issues and strategies around finding one’s Native roots.

    • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy.  John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating it's performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well.

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    • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
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    Technology & Genealogy - Effectively Searching On-Line

    Join us following our popular Let's Discuss It! session, as we  will shift our focus to a specific technological topic or tool, demonstrating it's use, and benefits.  Join Lisa Junkins, as she demonstrates "How to Effectively Search On-line". Bring your laptop or tablet and follow along.

    • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    FTM Discussion Group (March)


    The focus of the Family Tree Maker Discussion Group is to help members take advantage of the many features and options of the software program.  Your questions help drive the meetings, and we will be there to help each other.  Since the older versions of the software no longer synchronize with ancestry.com, we only concentrate on the latest FTM2019 version.  We will try to help with technical concerns, such as upgrading the software and exporting files.  Computers are welcome, and that way we can look at your specific issues. FTM discussions will be facilitated by PZ Horton.

    • Saturday, March 21, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Pickering Center 7771 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    On Solid Ground: Finding Your Ancestors in Tennessee Land Records

    Join us at the Pickering Center as Charles "Chuck" Sherrill the State Librarian and Archivist of Tennessee  helps us find Tennessee land records.

    From about 1780 to 1840 Tennessee was at the crossroads of the nation. Millions of Americans streamed from the eastern coast states into Tennessee and beyond. Land records contain names and information about many of these settlers, but they can be difficult to locate and understand. In this lecture we will use maps to help understand why people settled where and when they did. Using original documents as examples we will discuss the records created and mine the information they can provide. Guidance for finding records online and at the State Archives will be provided.

    Charles A. Sherrill (M.A., M.L.S.) is State Librarian and Archivist of Tennessee. His education includes master’s degrees in History and Library Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been active in genealogical research and publishing since he was a teenager. Among his works are books on several Tennessee counties, particularly Grundy County where most of his ancestors lived. He is the author of the National Genealogical Society’s Guide to Research in Tennessee, two family genealogies, the two-volume Tennessee Convicts, and The Reconstructed 1810 Tennessee Census. He is a national conference speaker and has edited the Middle Tenn. Journal of Genealogy and History for the past fifteen years

    • Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    Google Search Strategies

    for the Family Historian

    Pack your lunch or hit you favorite fast food place and join us as we present Lisa Louise Cook's streaming video on "Google Search Strategies for the Family Historian". Lisa will unleash advanced search strategies for genealogy that you probably aren’t using, but are ‘must-haves’ in order to get the best results possible. Here are tips and tricks you can put into practice right away  Handouts will be available and a brief discussion of the webinar will follow.




    • Thursday, March 26, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    Translating Genealogical Research into Museum Exhibitions-Andrew Ross   

    Join us as we host Andrew Ross the Executive Director of Davies Manor. He will discuss the research and development process that led to the installation of Davies Manor's newest permanent exhibit, Omitted in Mass: Rediscovering Lost Narratives of Enslavement, Migration and Memory Through the Davies Family's Papers

    Andrew Ross is a former newspaper reporter. He is also a local historical tour guide, freelance writer, and adjunct English instructor at the University of Memphis, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.

    • Friday, April 03, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • Saturday, April 04, 2020
    • 3:30 PM
    • Germantown Church of Christ 8723 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN 38138
    • 134
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    ANNUAL SPRING SEMINAR

    Join us for two days of genealogical enlightenment, as the Tennessee Genealogical Society proudly presents it's first multi-day event featuring  Kim Richardson & Mark Lowe

    Friday April 3rd & Saturday April 4th

    Lunch is included & you can attend one or both days as your schedule allows*

    Both Days - Members $55

    Friday Only or Saturday Only - Members $35

    Both Days - Non-Members $65

    Friday Only or Saturday Only - Non-Members $45


    Registration Deadline Monday March 30th

    Daily Program 

    Friday April 3rd

    Session -1  (J. Mark Lowe) - Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan -  Learn a simple technique for breaking down difficult research problems into manageable segments. Learn to get research done while remaining focused.


    Session - 2 (Kim Richardson) - How to Research in the Courthouse - For beginning genealogist, an intimidating aspect of genealogy research is: How do I research in a courthouse? This presentation will discuss the types of records you've likely to find in a courthouse and how to utilize them.  Also included are tips bout scouting the courthouse before you go, meeting courthouse stuff, using the records, and retrieving copies of the records.


    Session - 3 (J. Mark Lowe) - Land Barons or Dirt Farmers - Finding Land  Transactions  - 

    Following the land will often identify the Ancestor & family. Learn to trace an individual through property records & how to trace a specific property.


    Session – 4 (J. Mark Lowe) Finding Your Landless Ancestors - Since land is the key in many ancestral discoveries, tracking those individuals who did not own land often becomes a daunting task. Learn to use Trust Deed Chattels & Tax Release Books to help locate those individuals without deeds & estates.

    Saturday April 4th     

    Session -5 (J. Mark Lowe) - Following Slaves Using Estate & Settlement Records - Property transfers (including slaves) at the time of death provide solid evidence of individuals & family groups. Learn to find these records & understand their practical use. 


    Session -6 (J. Mark Lowe) - Balancing on North Carolina - Understanding the geographical & migration patterns can improve your success with N.C. research. Learn about locating records, repositories & the resources you need to find a tar heel ancestor.


    Session -7 (J. Mark Lowe) - Before Tennessee: The Records Before Statehood - Learn about the records that exist for genealogists researching pre-statehood Tennessee. Record types, finding aids, locations & examples will be discussed & presented.


    Session – 8 (Kim Richardson) - A Case Study Real-life Genealogy Mysteries Solved

    As genealogy researchers. we want to know of others. How did figure that out? Where was that information? Because experience is the best teacher, researchers who invest time in reviewing case studies can further develop their deals their skills and depth of knowledge. Every case study or solved problem demonstrates unique ways of discovering resources and analyzing records. This presentation includes real-life genealogy mysteries that were solved by combining the Genealogy Proof Standard with other unique methodologies. Trials, triumphs, discoveries,and joys (and a few failures) are shared along with the practical working progress of several cases from beginning to end


    * Refund Policy: Full refund if request is received on or before March 17, 2020. A refund of the registration fee less $20 will be given for requests received between March 18, 2019, and March 30, 2020. No refunds for requests received after March 30, 2020.


    • Saturday, April 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 27
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    Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society

    Please join us for the Spring Membership Meeting for the year open to members and non-members.  We encourage everyone to attend this meeting as we review our progress and  chart our upcoming Programs and Events.

    Following the meeting our own Jackie Utley will speak on Mourning Jewelry.

    Refreshments will be served.

    • Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 9336 Davieshire Dr, Bartlett, TN
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    Davies Manor Field Trip

    Join us as we take a guided tour the house and grounds of Davies Manor.  Davies Manor is the oldest extant home in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, and possibly the oldest anywhere in the region of West Tennessee. It is a two-story log and chink home made using white oak logs on what was once a plantation with a total of approximately 2,000 acres.

    Each individual will be responsible for their admission fee for the tour.

    Adults $5       Seniors $4

    Directions

    I- 40, Exit 20
    North on Canada Road
    One block to Davies Plantation Road
    Left onto Davies Plantation Road
    Past the 4-way stop to 9336 Davies Plantation Road, where the white picket fence beckons visitors down the wooded lane.

    • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
    • 33
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy.  John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating it's performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well

    • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
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    Technology & Genealogy -

    Join us following our popular Let's Discuss It! session, as we  will shift our focus to a specific technological topic or tool, demonstrating it's use, and benefits.  Topic to be determined.

    • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    Getting the Scoop from Old Newspapers

    Pack your lunch or hit you favorite fast food place and join us as we present Lisa Louise Cook's streaming video on "Newspaper Research - Part I". Handouts will be available and a brief discussion of the webinar will follow.




    • Saturday, May 09, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Pickering Center 7771 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 51
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    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

    How to Analyze Your DNA Matches

    Join us as we welcome back Deborah Thurman Parks and she instructs us on How to Analyze Your DNA Matches.  Deborah has over nine years of administering group projects at Family Tree DNA.  She has administered two surname projects; the Thurman et al Surname DNA Project and the Park(s) Surname DNA Project.  Currently, she is focused on a geographical study, the Hanover County, Virginia DNA Project.  As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she serves as Chair for the Tennessee DAR DNA Committee.



    • Saturday, May 23, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
    • 36
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy.  Joe Burns will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating it's performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well

    • Saturday, May 23, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
    • 38
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    Technology & Genealogy - Family Tree & Hard Drive Organization

    Join us following our popular Let's Discuss It! session, as we  will shift our focus to a specific technological topic or tool, demonstrating it's use, and benefits.  This month will discuss way to take control of your fmaily tree.  Additionally, we will review ways to organize your hard tree.

    • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TNGS Offices 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    Getting the Scoop from Old Newspapers and

    Institutional Records

    Pack your lunch or hit you favorite fast food place and join us as we present two Lisa Louise Cook's streaming videos, the first will be the second part of "Newspaper Research", followed by a video on Institutional Records. Handouts will be available and a brief discussion of the webinar will follow.




    • Saturday, June 27, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
    • 38
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy. Joe Burns will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating it's performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well

    • Saturday, June 27, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
    • 40
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    Technology & Genealogy -

    Join us following our popular Let's Discuss It! session, as we  will shift our focus to a specific technological topic or tool, demonstrating it's use, and benefits.  Topic to be determined.

    • Saturday, July 11, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 40
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    Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society

    Please join us for the Summer Membership Meeting for the year open to members and non-members.  We encourage everyone to attend this meeting as we review our progress and  chart our upcoming Programs and Events.

    Speaker TBD

    Refreshments will be served.

    • Saturday, July 25, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
    • 38
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy.  John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating it's performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well.

    • Saturday, July 25, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
    • 40
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    Technology & Genealogy -

    Join us following our popular Let's Discuss It! session, as we  will shift our focus to a specific technological topic or tool, demonstrating it's use, and benefits.  Topic to be determined.

    • Saturday, August 29, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
    • 38
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy.  John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating it's performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well

    • Saturday, August 29, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
    • 40
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    Technology & Genealogy -

    Join us following our popular Let's Discuss It! session, as we  will shift our focus to a specific technological topic or tool, demonstrating it's use, and benefits.  Topic to be determined.

    • Saturday, September 26, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
    • 38
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy. John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating its performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well.

    • Saturday, September 26, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
    • 40
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    Technology & Genealogy -

    Join us following our popular Let's Discuss It! session, as we  will shift our focus to a specific technological topic or tool, demonstrating it's use, and benefits.  Topic to be determined.

    • Thursday, October 15, 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
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    Genealogical Ethics - Kim Richardson


      Genealogists are truth-seekers and have an inherent responsibility to preserve family history using honest methods. Inevitably, genealogy researchers will find themselves at the crossroads of "what should I do?" General principles to employ as a compass for those tough situations are outlined in this essential presentation. Multiple scenarios are explored, including the special circumstance of uncovering family secrets.

    • Saturday, October 17, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Germantown, TN
    • 39
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    Membership Meeting of the Tennessee Genealogical Society

    Please join us for the Fall Membership Meeting for the year open to members and non-members.  We encourage everyone to attend this meeting as we review our progress and  chart our upcoming Programs and Events.

    Speaker to be Detemined

    Refreshments will be served.

    • Saturday, October 31, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
    • 38
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy. John Ware will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating its performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well

    • Saturday, October 31, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
    • 40
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    Technology & Genealogy -

    Join us following our popular Let's Discuss It! session, as we  will shift our focus to a specific technological topic or tool, demonstrating it's use, and benefits.  Topic to be determined.

    • Saturday, December 05, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Polar Pike
    • 38
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    Let's Discuss It! 

    Join our popular discussion group and learn what is trending in Genealogy. Joe Burns will examine the latest websites, software programs, technologies and tools.  Bring up your own topics of interest or just soak up the knowledge from the group.  Following this session there will be a Technology & Genealogy session that will focus on a specific topic or tool, demonstrating its performance, use, and benefits. Be sure to register for that, as well.

    • Saturday, December 05, 2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • TNGS Office 7779 Poplar Pike Gemantown TN
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